Contracted tendons, home remedies?
8mo QH filly. My vet recommended letting it be for a few months to see if she grows out of it with the help of a good diet (bermuda and junior feed), exercise and corrective trimming. Anyone have any other ideas or tips that have helped them? Wondering if some type of splint boot would help to stretch them at all...? Or are there manual stretches I can do with her? This picture is a month old, I am afraid that her legs look even worse now, with her joint rocking forward when she takes her weight off it.
I was afraid of epiphysitis with my foal and tried to research it a bit (even did a post on here) although I don't think he has it....yet anyway.
But basically the bones grow faster than the tendons can, so they contract.
It seems like the main treatment is to limit the intake of rich feed, so the growth slows and the tendons can catch up with the bones. So bermuda is a good thing. I don't know about the junior feed. I would probably either cut that out completely or just give very, very little. But hey, I'm not the vet, so I would go by his or her recommendations over mine!
But, it wouldn't hurt to put "epiphysitis" or "physitis horses" in Google, because it will give you lots of information. :-) Physitis is actually inflamation of the growth plates, but contraction seems to go hand-in-hand with it.
Isn't too much protein the culprit for fast growing bones? Gosh I hope you nipped this in the bud before any real damage is done. Did you ask the vet about some kind of support boots or anything to help it not get worse? Maybe your farrier knows? You know what my filly likes and maybe this would help, I massage her legs. From the butt to her coronary band. In the ligaments/tendons, bones. She will just stand there enjoying that. Maybe if your able to handle those legs with a ton of trust you could manually stretch them. Good luck with this and I would cut out protein and grain. Keep us updated on this.
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I have heard that Dynasplint has an equine support that can help. I was sort of toying with the idea that maybe smb's might help hold it in the correct position? Any ideas on that? Here's a pic from today.
You need to slow her growth down. My filly had this happen, we put her on dry lot, and fed her crappy low value grass hay, with a trace mineral salt lick. It didn't take long, and she was able to catch up with herself.
Thanks for all the advice so far. I'm going to cut out the junior feed for now and keep her on the Bermuda. I'll probably work on massaging, too, since she couldn't care less about me messing around with her.
I don't remember where I read it, so don't quote me on this, but years ago when we rescued a foal with contracted tendons (not nearly as bad as your horse though) I found evidence that antibiotics might help. I don't remember why or how but I do know that after the little guy got a few shots of penicillin his legs DID look better. (He also had septic joints, that's why he was getting the shots.) Combined that with a good trim--his poor little feet were full of absesses, the smell was sickening--and I noticed he was improving. I did have step-by-step pictures of this but the desktop computer they were on crashed and I didn't spend the $200 to get my pictures back. :(
I gave the colt to an experienced rehabber to continue his care when I hurt my back but unfortunately he was kicked by another horse and had to be put down. We tried our best.
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